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08 Apr '14

Sleep an essential element.

Posted by Jacob Crudo

Truckers’ unique obstacles to getting proper sleep can affect their health

By Siphiwe Baleka on March

 

Whenever there is a conversation about truck drivers and sleep, the talk always turns to driver fatigue and sleep apnea. The concern has led to studies of how those conditions relate to accidents in trucking. Some people outside of the industry point to the long hours of driving without a break as a factor. But there is more to it than that.

Long haul commercial drivers often have irregular schedules — sometimes they are driving during the day, sometimes they are driving at night, and it is always changing based on the freight and the money. This irregular schedule throws off the body’s circadian rhythms and natural processes and contributes to sleep deprivation.

Interrupted sleep also creates problems. I drove in Prime Inc.’s refrigerated division. If I wasn’t being asked to walk my bills of lading into a shipper or receiver at 3 a.m., I was getting up to check reefer alarms or QUALCOMM messages, or to use the bathroom. Then there’s the guy who parks next to you, idling his truck, playing his music too loud or causing some other commotion. Worst of all was that “bump” — “Hey, did somebody just hit me?”

Sleep matters

The National Sleep Foundation 2012 Sleep in America poll states that the average hours slept on workdays for truck drivers was 6 hours and 50 minutes. That survey, however, is flawed because it relies on drivers’ self-reporting their sleep habits. Drivers’ perception of the amount of sleep they are getting may not match up to the actual amount of sleep they get.

For example, one study tracked a driver’s sleep patterns for 15 weeks and found his average amount of sleep was 5.24 hours with a sleep efficiency, measuring the quality of rest, of 73 percent. That driver had 21 days with less than four hours of sleep and just six days with more than eight hours of sleep.

In another study’s survey, drivers reported having fallen asleep while driving — 3.9 percent within the past month, 7.1 percent within the past six months and 11 percent within the past 12 months.

What those studies don’t tell you is that some important hormone production happens during sleep. Serum leptin and serum ghrelin are two of the main substances which help you regulate hunger and they are part of what is called “metabolic endocrinology.” When you are deprived of sleep, or your sleep is interrupted, the production of these hormones does not occur at the proper rate. After weeks, months and years of sleep deprivation and driver fatigue, you simply can’t regulate hunger properly. One of two things happens as a result: You don’t get the signal that you are full, so you overeat. Or you don’t get the signal that you are hungry, so you don’t bother to eat.

Food and energy

In working with more than 200 drivers at Prime in the past year, I found that the vast majority of drivers don’t eat enough. They have one or two meals a day. Most of them are running a calorie deficit, meaning they burn more calories than they consume. So why are these drivers overweight or obese?

Skipping meals deprives the body of nutrition it needs to function. An undernourished body tries to hold on to every ounce of fat (stored energy) by slowing down metabolism. This is the fatigue that drivers feel — your body doesn’t want you to move and use this precious stored energy.

Drivers who don’t get the signal to stop eating end up snacking throughout the day to fight boredom. When they sit down for lunch or dinner, they habitually overeat. These drivers have a calorie surplus, and the extra calories get stored as more and more fat. Contrary to popular truck driver stereotypes, these overweight and obese drivers are not lazy. It’s not a lack of willpower or personality flaw that is the reason for their condition, it’s hormonal. This is the main reason that 86 percent of truck drivers are overweight and 57 percent are obese. It has everything to do with sleep!

07 Feb '14

truck crash statistics by trucking gets social

Posted by Jacob Crudo

  • Brake Problems (29%)

  • Traveling too fast for conditions (23%)

  • Driver unfamiliar with roadway (22%)

  • Over the counter drug use by driver (17%)

  • Inadequate surveillance (14%)

  • Fatigue (13%)

  • Work pressure from carrier (10%)

  • Driver made illegal maneuver (9%)

  • Driver inattention (9%)

So let’s do the math – 41% of drivers reported minor fatigue, inattention or pressure from work! There are many drivers that are pushing hours to make a decent living, but it is so important to keep safe.

 

If you are feeling drowsy when you’re on the road. PULL OVER! Grab a red bull, coffee, or sugary snack to keep you alert and focus.

16 Oct '13

Did you know The following Trucking statistics !

Posted by Jacob Crudo
  1.       Over 70% of freight is moved by trucks.
  2.        There are over 3,000,000  Professional truck drivers nation wide.
  3.        Estimates have it that there are over 1.2 million trucking companies in the USA Most companies have          less than 20 trucks 
  4.        Over 15 million trucks operate in the USA out of which approximately 2 million are tractor trailers
  5.        Canada has in excess of 250 thousand truck drivers.
  6.        The trucking industry estimates that it employs about 9 million people.
  7.        Trucking Industry estimates it produces $255 Billion dollars, common carriers generated $100                      billion,while private fleets generated $120 billion  
  8.        Average cost per mile is $1.73 or $83 per hour
  9.        Fuel it is estimated that we use up as much as 54 billion gallons to run our trucks per year
  10.        Road Taxes ! we  the truckers pay $37.5 Billion in federal and state road taxes.
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19 Nov '11

Todays Trucking

Posted by Jacob Crudo in bed sheets for sleeper cabs, today's trucking

Recent Article about JakesCabSolutions posted at: 

www.todaystrucking.com


From Jake's Cab Solutions comes the Nap Time sheet set that includes one bottom sheet with elastic fitting and two side-pockets for convenient storage, a  top sheet and two pillow cases (20 x 30 in.). The sheets and pillowcases are made with soft-touch brushed micro-fiber material, not cotton, giving a soft "cashmere-like" feel. The fabric is extremely easy to care for and doesn't require any ironing to stay looking crisp, the company says. The sheets are said to wash with no shrinkage.

Some sets are offered by dimension while others are specifically sized for various Volvo, Freightliner, and other specific truck brands. Regardless, they're all one price, a very reasonable $35.00.

The company says its goal is to provide an affordable bedding option for truckers, one that isn't a hassle to maintain. 

"We noticed that most drivers sleep on the mattresses that come with the vehicle and some left the plastic wrapping while they slept on it," says company founder Jacob Crudo. "Some slept on sleeping bags, while others brought makeshift sheets from home, so we filled the gap."

Sheet sets can be ordered directly from the company's website for shipping across North America.

24 Oct '11

Overdrive Magazine Review

Posted by Jacob Crudo in Bed sheets for trucks, overdriveonline
Recent Article about JakesCabSolutions posted at: 



The custom bed sheets for truck sleepers will fit nearly all sizes, the company says. The sheet set comes with one fitted sheet, one flat sheet and two pillowcases. The fitted sheet has two built-in pockets for nighttime storage. The sheets are made of 100 percent brushed micro fiber, are machine washable and do not require ironing. There are five different sizes, and all will fit beds up to 7.5 inches thick.

Jake’s Cab Solutions, jakescabsolutions.com